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Free course teaches kids to code with Vermont 4-H

Knowing how to code can build a kid’s confidence, enhance problem-solving skills and expand future career opportunities.

To introduce middle and high school students to coding, Vermont 4-H, in collaboration with the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and Ohio 4-H, is offering a free six-session course, beginning Oct. 15. Sessions will run until Nov. 19 and will be held on six consecutive Thursdays from 7-8 p.m.

Although inspired by Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that engages girls in learning about technology and engineering, 4-H World Changers is open to any Grade 6-12 student with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), coding or developing important workforce skills. Neither residence in Vermont nor enrollment in 4-H is required to participate.

In addition to teaching basic coding skills in a fun and supportive environment, the program will provide an opportunity for participants to meet virtually with teens from throughout the country to network and share ideas. Using their new coding skills, they also will create a website to take action on an issue important to them as part of the course.

To register, go to The Zoom link will be provided on the morning of the first session.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (802) 888-4972, ext. 402,  by Oct. 1.

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